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List of famous percussionists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top percussionists in the world? This includes the most prominent percussionists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable percussionists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic percussionists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned percussionists.

List is made up of many different famous percussion players, including Frank Zappa and John Bonham.

From reputable, prominent, and well known percussionists to the lesser known percussionists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the percussionist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous percussionists ever?" and "What are the names of famous percussionists?" then you're in the right place.

Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Richard Starkey Jr., MBE, better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. On ...more

Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Bernard "Buddy" Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" and was known for his virtuoso technique, power, groove,

Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer who is best known as the former drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the ...more

Mick Fleetwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Michael John Kells "Mick" Fleetwood is a British musician and actor, best known for his role as the drummer and co-founder of the rock band Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood, whose surname was ...more

Charlie Watts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Charles Robert "Charlie" Watts is an English drummer, best known as a member of The Rolling Stones. He is also the leader of an eponymous jazz band, a record producer, commercial ...more

Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Keith John Moon was an English drummer who played with the English rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. In 2011, Moon was ...more

Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the ...more

Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Neil Ellwood Peart, OC, is a Canadian musician and author. He is the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances, and is known ...more

Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker is an English drummer, best known as the founder of the rock band Cream. Baker's work in the 1960s earned him praise as "rock's first superstar ...more

Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm was an American rock and Americana musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and regular lead vocalist for the Band. Helm was known for his deeply ...more

John Densmore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
John Paul Densmore is an American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the drummer of the rock group The Doors.

Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Thomas Lee Bass, best known as Tommy Lee, is a Greek-American musician and founding member of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band's long-term drummer, Lee founded ...more

Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed ...more

Vinny Appice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Vincent Paul "Vinny" Appice, is an American rock drummer and the younger brother of drummer Carmine Appice. He is best known for his work with the bands Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven ...more

Bill Berry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
William Thomas "Bill" Berry is a retired American musician and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the drummer for the alternative rock band R.E.M. In addition to his drumming duties, ...more

Nick Mason is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason is an English musician and composer, best known as the drummer of Pink Floyd. He is the only constant member of the band since its formation in 1965. ...more

Mick Avory is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Michael Charles "Mick" Avory is an English musician, best known as the longtime drummer and percussionist for the British rock band, The Kinks, joining them shortly after their ...more

Kenny Aronoff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Kenny Aronoff is an American rock drummer. He has played drums for many musicians, including John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, Belinda Carlisle, Elton John, John Fogerty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meat Loaf, ...more

Carmine Appice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Carmine Appice is an American drummer/percussionist, most commonly associated with the rock genre of music. He has received classical music training, and was influenced early-on by the work of ...more

Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Fred Astaire was an American dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical ...more

Rick Allen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Richard "Rick" John Cyril Allen is an English drummer, who has played for the hard rock band Def Leppard since 1978. He overcame the amputation of his left arm in 1985 and continued to ...more

Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of American heavy metal band Metallica. He was born in Gentofte, Denmark to an upper-middle-class family. A tennis player in his ...more

Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Eddie Vedder is an American musician who is best known for being the lead vocalist and one of three guitarists of the alternative rock band Pearl Jam. Known for his distinctive and powerful ...more

Joey Kramer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Joseph Michael "Joey" Kramer is the drummer for the American hard rock band Aerosmith. Kramer was born in The Bronx, New York City. His memoir, Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom ...more

Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Percussionists
Sheila Escovedo, known by her stage name Sheila E., is an American singer, drummer, and percussionist whose notable collaborators include Prince, Billy Cobham, Lionel Richie, George Duke, Ringo ...more